A warm welcome
Thanks to the efforts of concerned supporters around Australia, Save the Children has been able to provide food, hygiene products, clothing, toys, social vouchers and counselling to Ukrainian refugees in Romania. We established a Child Friendly Space at the Northern Railway station where families arrive to offer support and resources for both children and mothers.
Now, to help children access educational opportunities and prepare to enroll in school, Romanian language courses and recreational activities are being offered during the summer.
Ukrainian children attend a Romanian-language summer class run by education and MHPSS specialists
from Save the Children Romania.
“I really like that everyone here is friendly and welcoming. No one met me with angry or sidelong glances. On the contrary, everyone was happy. I liked it very much. I also like that there is something new every day,” says Irina.
In addition to helping Ukrainian children adjust to a new language and country, the classes are enabling them to recover from their traumatic experiences and begin to think about the future again.
“In general, I like being with small children. I might want to be a teacher … Or I want to become a health worker, very badly. I like to help people,” says Irina.
*Name changed to protect identity.
Photos: Anna Pantelia / Save the Children.